Journal of Cryptology

Cryptanalysis of ISO/IEC 9796-1

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We describe two different attacks against the ISO/IEC 9796-1 signature standard for RSA and Rabin. Both attacks consist in an existential forgery under a chosen-message attack: the attacker asks for the signature of some messages of his choice, and is then able to produce the signature of a message that was never signed by the legitimate signer. The first attack is a variant of Desmedt and Odlyzko's attack and requires a few hundreds of signatures. The second attack is more powerful and requires only three signatures. © 2007 International Association for Cryptologic Research.